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    Fishing boat SHANNON
    My first scratch built boat, in 2002 when I was waiting for a broken ankle to mend. Sails okay but easily affected by the wind. I used up my balsa offcuts to build from a plan downloaded from internet. 6volt nicads 2000mah lasts between 35 to 45 minutes. 380 motor, 10 amp esc.
    My first boat.
    This little pond yacht was a 5th birthday present from my grandad in March 1954. Sailed regularly and is great fun. No control only luck and the wind. In the 67 years I have owned it has had three sets of sails and been repainted only once.
    Dart Belle Paddle Steamer.
    Model acquired from the builder in 2017, he originally scratch built it in the 1960's. It performs quite nicely and is steered with independent paddle drive as well as rudder. Uses a 6volt sla battery.
    Academy Kingfisher
    This boat was given to me by a bird watcher who saw me sailing another of my boats on local private lake. He said he built from a kit in 1970. It came with a McGregor RC System included in its original box.
    Westeriffe
    Bought from another modeller on this site, built to a very good standard. Working lights, Fire fighting water canon. Powered by Robbe Power 1000 Motor.
    (Tug Boat) VALIANT
    This tug was built by a modeler in Bristol during the early 1960's it was given to me at the Abergavenny Steam and vintage show in 2016 by the makers grandson who told me it had been on display in his mums house from 1970 when his grandad died till 1987 when she died then put in his parents attic till it was given to me. it had a couple of holes in the hull and the upper works had been broken so required fixing. not having any pictures I used all the original bits that came with it so I hope it looks as it should. it's made mostly from balsa with some wooden bits and replacement planking from coffee stirrers otherwise all original. it requires 2 x 12v 7ah lead acid batteries and about 5 kilograms of ballast. (Silver Sand in 500grm packs). On the only test run I've managed to tow a 16 foot fishing boat with three men on my local fishing lake. (Motor: geared 540) (ESC: 20amp MTroniks Viper marine) (8/10)
    (Tug Boat) Emanuel
    Built in 1954 by my Grandad. Construction is Bread and Butter in Balsa originally a free sail model but now converted to RC. 27mhz.was given to me on my 5th birthday. Not sailed for over 25 years, but now happy sailing for short runs as prop shaft leaks slightly. (ESC: Mtronics Viper Marine 20amp) (8/10)
    (Other) project X
    Given as project, no known details of origins as yet. (Motor: Ripmax) (ESC: Viper Marine) (5/10)
    (Working Vessel) Rust Bucket
    This is my latest restoration project. its built completely of metal and is in a terrible condition although the hull seems to be water tight. The motor and prop-shaft and prop is listed in a BASSETT LOWKE catalogue dating from 1936, so the boat age is unknown but my guess would be late 30's to 1950. All guesses acknowledged. (Motor: BASSETT LOWKE) (5/10)
    (Pleasure Craft) FAIREY HUNTSMAN (KATHY'S CLOWN)
    Just rescued from ebay seller who had it in storage since he inherited it in 1976, it was Fairey Huntsman, scratch built sometime in early 60's by his father who used to sail it near Manchester. its fitted with a SANWA 2F-2M RC system which seems to be still functioning. I will be doing restoration over the next few months, as there are a few cracks showing along most of the seems and I will need to sand and seal and repaint. (Motor: Marx) (ESC: Speed King) (5/10)
    (Pleasure Craft) sea scout
    This boat was one of my dads from the late 1950's. It's an aerokits sea scout. Now fitted with a MabuchI motor of unknown power, but undergoing test running with 6 Volts, seem more than adequate, Belt drive to propshaft. (Motor: Mabuchi) (5/10)
    (Pleasure Craft) MV Caroline
    This model is a scratch built 1/15th scale model of an Ocean going pleasure craft built in 1964 by my late father. it was originally powered by a large bosch windscreen wiper motor, but has been replaced with an MFA RE 800 stock motor running from 2 x 12V sla batteries. Dry weight 13.2 Kilos. Last sailed in 1992 on open sea at Aberystwyth, I was on my dads fishing boat watching as dad sailed her the full length of the south beach and back into the harbour. Now ready to relaunch on Saturday 10th June 2017 at WMBC open day. (Motor: MFA . RE800) (ESC: Fusion Aquapower AQP128) (9/10)
    (Fire Boat) Mk2 firefloat 93
    This boat was originally built with my dad's help (mostly him), in about 1959/60 my first powered model and originally had a small diesel engine (E.D.I Think.)And no radio gear. But now fitted with electric motor and radio gear with working monitors and lights.hope to finish restoration in time for spring launch. (Motor: Mannesmann Clash21 ) (ESC: Mtronics sport tuned 20) (8/10)
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    πŸ“ Trafalgar Day
    4 days ago by Colin H ( Vice Admiral)
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    A double celebration was fine for me, 2 good nights sleep.
    Well done Nerys.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Yet another free B
    7 days ago by Colin H ( Vice Admiral)
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    Jacko, lovely project, jammy b####r.
    Is it single or twin motor driving the paddles.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: VINTAGE RUNABOUT LAUNCH DAY
    7 days ago by Colin H ( Vice Admiral)
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    WOW what a cracker, and I don't mean the crew girls.
    You have produced a beautiful boat, which looks fantastic on the water.
    Well done shipmate, best wishes Colin.
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    πŸ“ Trafalgar Day
    8 days ago by Colin H ( Vice Admiral)
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    I told you not drink all the rum. I'll have to settle for a double Jura.
    Cheers Colin
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Servo
    11 days ago by Colin H ( Vice Admiral)
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    Rick, that's a nice spacious layout so far.
    What's the reduction on your motor gearbox combo.
    Loving this build, can't wait for the next installment.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Fall sailing in Ontario, Canada
    12 days ago by Colin H ( Vice Admiral)
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    No problem here Ron.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Sail and mast rigging
    13 days ago by Colin H ( Vice Admiral)
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    Jon, sounds like your on the right track now, it will all be down to selecting the appropriate propeller, I try to get a balance of thrust to suit the boat, sometimes I may try up yo 6 props before final selection.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Sail and mast rigging
    13 days ago by Colin H ( Vice Admiral)
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    Jon, now I know the actual size of your boat i am thinking your 400 motor could struggle if pushing against any wind, is it a 3 pole or 5 pole motor, it is always best to go for a 5 pole as that will give better torque and smoother running at low speed.
    I still think you would find the 540 or 545 motor a good match for your boat.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Sea Queen
    13 days ago by Colin H ( Vice Admiral)
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    Nice to see another restored classic, you've made a lovelly job, well done shipmate.
    cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Sail and mast rigging
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    Jon, following this blog, so far I'm not quite sure of the model.
    Looking on Sarik site I'm assuming it's the 1/12th scale one, that has a 20 inch Hull. If that's right then the 800 motor is far too big, a 545 would be plenty for such a small model.
    My large motor lanch Caroline is 56 inches, and weighing in at 13 to fourteen kilos is overpowered with an 800 motor, and my 4ft tug only uses a 540 motor and is really efficient.
    Your boat isn't a speed boat, so some trial runs with the smaller motor will prove you don't need to waste money on a large motor.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Xmas in September???
    15 days ago by Colin H ( Vice Admiral)
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    Nerys, Hereford has all the necessary for steam sailing as most of the members have some kind of steam engine.
    I am joining this club after speaking to them, they can arrange for the test and certificate.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 2.)
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    Gary, superb explanation and pictures.
    I am currently trying to work out what size Hull I need for my Stuart Babcock 500 boiler and Sun motor.
    Do you think a 4 foot tug Hull would be okay.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: kitchen
    19 days ago by Colin H ( Vice Admiral)
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    Rick,
    Rather posh galley for a working boat.
    I suppose that you will have a Michelin starfish chef.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Hatch cover Handles.
    21 days ago by Colin H ( Vice Admiral)
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    Steve, loving your detailed write-up as much as the photos. Makes me think this is a real master craftsman at work.
    Keep it coming shipmate, cheers Colin.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer.
    21 days ago by Colin H ( Vice Admiral)
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    Gary, intrigued by your idea and will be following closely.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: My first boat.
    23 days ago by Colin H ( Vice Admiral)
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    That's what my modelling is all about Martin.
    And hopefully those memories will be part of my grandchildren memories in the future.
    It's so good that when I'm sailing, total strangers often stop and reminisce about models that they sailed with their parents as kids.
    And if I offer them a go with the controller then you often see the inner child coming out.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: My first boat.
    23 days ago by Colin H ( Vice Admiral)
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    Not likely Martin, my mum would probably tell me off, as it was her dad that bought it for me.
    I can even remember getting soaked as it was raining when I got it but me and my dad went to Abbey Park in Leicester where we lived to try it out, dad had a fishing rod with him just in case it got stuck out of reach, but not needed.
    I was so happy that I had a boat of my own to sail with dad and grandad.
    Still makes me smile just thinking about those great family boating days, both real and model.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: My first boat.
    23 days ago by Colin H ( Vice Admiral)
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    Martin, she gets wet every time we go sailing. Have never left her at home, but sometimes retrieval is awkward.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Fishing boat SHANNON
    23 days ago by Colin H ( Vice Admiral)
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    My first scratch built boat, in 2002 when I was waiting for a broken ankle to mend. Sails okay but easily affected by the wind. I used up my balsa offcuts to build from a plan downloaded from internet.
    6volt nicads 2000mah lasts between 35 to 45 minutes. 380 motor, 10 amp esc.
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    πŸ“ My first boat.
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    This little pond yacht was a 5th birthday present from my grandad in March 1954. Sailed regularly and is great fun. No control only luck and the wind.
    In the 67 years I have owned it has had three sets of sails and been repainted only once.
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    πŸ“ Dart Belle Paddle Steamer.
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    Model acquired from the builder in 2017, he originally scratch built it in the 1960's. It performs quite nicely and is steered with independent paddle drive as well as rudder. Uses a 6volt sla battery.
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    πŸ“ Academy Kingfisher
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    This boat was given to me by a bird watcher who saw me sailing another of my boats on local private lake. He said he built from a kit in 1970. It came with a McGregor RC System included in its original box.
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    πŸ“ Westeriffe
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    Bought from another modeller on this site, built to a very good standard. Working lights, Fire fighting water canon. Powered by Robbe Power 1000 Motor.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Skinning the hull
    23 days ago by Colin H ( Vice Admiral)
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    Well done sir, looks like the youngster is enjoying the build with you. Tell the lad well done from me.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Some Deck Fittings
    23 days ago by Colin H ( Vice Admiral)
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    Martin i hope your well as i can't see any plastic. They are looking great, looks like you are mastering the wood stuff.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Various models of galleons, buses, tugs, trains and steam vehicles for sale
    24 days ago by Colin H ( Vice Admiral)
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    Good Evening Alan, Can you please add photos of all available models with a few details about each, wether static display or working with sizes or scale.
    My wife and I personally am interested in all models. I'm sure the BHF will get a good response from your collection.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Puffer's Progress.
    24 days ago by Colin H ( Vice Admiral)
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    Gary, they may have ended for some, but a lot of us modellers can bring a lot of it to life again.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Sail and mast rigging
    25 days ago by Colin H ( Vice Admiral)
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    Muskrat welcome to the site.
    As you are a youngster I'm sure that us older members will look forward to your build.
    And of course you should ask the Queen of all things sailing Nerys.
    Keep posting, and asking questions it's how we all learn.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Checking in
    26 days ago by Colin H ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hope to hear from you soon, better things to come shipmate.
    Best wishes Colin.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Weisel
    26 days ago by Colin H ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Janrus, great to see others rescuing good models.
    Keep it up shipmate.
    Cheers Colin.
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